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School Choice: More Supporting Evidence




|| By FITSNEWS || At this point the abject futility of pumping more tax dollars into South Carolina’s failed government-run education system should be abundantly clear to everyone.  In fact, it is abundantly clear to everyone.  It’s no longer just the far right limited government advocates making this point … even the big government leftists on the S.C. Supreme Court agree.

“Spending fails to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a minimally adequate education,” the court found last fall in a landmark ruling. “Rather, the evidence demonstrates that there is a clear disconnect between spending and results.”

Exactly what we’ve been saying … for years.

So … are state lawmakers (and S.C. governor Nikki Haley) rushing to embrace market-based education reforms?  Um, no.  Don’t be silly.

But there’s fresh evidence out this week indicating that they should.

According to researcher Victor Lavy, school choice “increased a wide range of post-secondary schooling measures” – including attainment and earning potential.

“Two decades after students made their school choice at the end of primary school, treated students are 4.7 percentage points more likely to enroll in postsecondary schooling and to complete almost an additional quarter-year of college schooling, in comparison to students in the control group,” Levy wrote.  “These gains reflect a 15 percent increase relative to pre-program averages, and they are similar to the program-induced gains in high school matriculation outcomes.”

Levy also estimated “an increase of 5–7 percentage points in average annual earnings among treated students at ages 28–30 relative to the respective control-group average.”  This he attributed to previously documented increases in “high school academic outcomes” among choice students – and the enhanced attainment.

Bottom line?  Market-based reforms in education improve academic performance, attainment and income levels.

Everything the government-run system has tried – and failed – to achieve.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: This stuff isn’t rocket science.

School choice works.  In fact it’s working here, to the extent the establishment has allowed it.